Jury Can Set Punitive Damages In PG&E Pipeline Blast: Judge

Law360, New York (October 30, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT) -- A California state judge ruled Tuesday that a jury could determine punitive damages against California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for the fatal 2010 blast of a San Bruno high-pressure natural gas pipeline.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Steven Dylina said that a jury may decide the punitive damages along with compensatory damages in a trial set to begin in January 2013, but allowed a hearing Nov. 20 to consider PG&E’s bid to have a separate jury determine the punitive damages at a later...
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